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Speaking at the conclusion of his sons sixday- long Padayatra, covering one hundred villages of
his pocket- borough of Raghogarh in the Guna district of Madhya Pradesh, a visibly proud Digvijay Singh said that he did not expect that alt39 JValt39 would be able to bear the strain of trudging for nearly 100 kms in the blistering heat of mid- May. alt39 There is no pressure on him. He is free to join any profession he wants to but my only expectation is that whatever he does, he should do it with full dedication and hard workalt39, the doting father remarked.
Whatever Diggi Raja may say for public consumption, it is obvious that he is grooming Jaivardhan Singh as his political successor.
Educated in elite Boarding schools in India, JV, 24 is currently doing his Masters from Columbia University in the States. There is already the talk of him jumping into the electoral arena from Raghogarh in the 2013 assembly elections. ” Jeette towohwaise bhi; ab aur jyada voton se jitengealt39 ( He would have won anyway, now he would get a bigger margin), gushed a local Congress leader.
Jaivardhan Singh is not the first case of alt39 Sonrisealt39 in the politics of Madhya Pradesh. And it is unlikely to be the last one.
Ever since Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1956, barring a few exceptions, all the Chief Ministers promoted their sons as their successors. It is another matter that many of the alt39 yuvrajsalt39, unable to cope with the rough and tumble of politics, fell by the wayside.
Madhya Pradeshs first chief Minister Ravishankar Shukla promoted not one, not two but three of his sons. Two of them- Shyamacharan and Vidhyacharan- went on to become highly successful politicians.
Shyamacharan Shukla was the chief minister of the state thrice while Vidhya Bhaiyya was Union Cabinet Minister for years.
It is said that Pt. Ravishankar Shukla called on Maulana Abul Kalam Azadwho was heading the Congress apparatus to select party candidates from the state- on the eve of the 1957 General Elections and demanded four tickets: for himself and for his three sons, Shyamacharam, Vidhyacharan and Bhagwaticharan.
An amused Maulana, half- jocularly sought to know from Pt.
Ravishankar as to whether he had any more sons so that their names could also be added to the list of party candidates! Shyamacharan, in his turn, launched his son Amitesh Shukla into politics, who was a minister in the Ajit Jogi government of Chhattisgarh.
Among other Chief Ministers of the state, Motilal Vora promoted his son Arun Vora, who contested, albeit unsuccessfully, the 1998 assembly polls from Durg in Chattisgarh. Arjun Singh backed his son Ajay Singh to the hilt. The latter was a Minister in the Digvijay Singh government and is now the leader of opposition in the state assembly.
He, decidedly, will be one of the front- runners for the post of Chief Minister if the Congress succeeds in humbling the BJP in the 2013 hustings. Interestingly, if Ajay Singh manages to become the Chief Minister, it would the first case of father and son both occupying the coveted position in the state.
The Chief Ministers of BJP ( and its earlier avataar, the Janasangh) too did not lag behind in projecting their sons as their political inheritors. Kailash Joshis son Deepak represents Bagli- the traditional constituency of his father- in Dewas district. The senior Joshi is said to be quite miffed with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for not giving ministerial berth to Deepak. Another BJP chief Minister, Babulal Gaur, whose only son is no more, is projecting his daughter- in- law Krishna Gaur. Sunderlal Patwa, who has no sons, is backing his nephew Surendra Patwa.
The nephew represents uncles old constituency Bhojpur in the Assembly. Uma Bharati, of course, is unmarried and Shivraj Singh Chauhans sons are still in school.
The sons of at least tw